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Ali Khizar

Early signs of recovery
Markets

Early signs of recovery

ARTICLE: Many economists and analysts have claimed gloom and doom in the aftermath of Covid-19 and exchange rate...
Published 19 Jul, 2020 02:41am
Housing thrust - the long mile
Opinion

Housing thrust - the long mile

Construction of 100,000 five marla (125 sq. yard) houses in one year can create 200,000 direct jobs for masons, carpenters, and plumbers, etc.
Updated 12 Jul, 2020 12:08pm
CAA: stay home, stay safe?
Opinion

CAA: stay home, stay safe?

PIA's journey from 'great people to fly with' to 'sadly no one wishes to fly with', is a five-decade story....
Updated 05 Jul, 2020 05:19pm
SBP must take a pause
Markets

SBP must take a pause

State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is now becoming predicable in its surprises. Right after the announcement of IMF ...
Published 26 Jun, 2020 03:34am
No time for a raise
Opinion

No time for a raise

ARTICLE: It is a tough budget to make this year. The FBR revenues have been stagnant for the last two years. Debt...
Updated 07 Jun, 2020 08:33pm
Fiscal mess - straighten the priorities
Opinion

Fiscal mess - straighten the priorities

Budget-making is in the process. This one is a tough budget to make. Covid-19 demands stimulus; but the fiscal deficit is already too high. The government is asking for no new taxes and demanding stimulus for industries and vulnerable. The government want
Updated 31 May, 2020 08:04am
Sugar inquiry: Fix the illness not the symptoms
Opinion

Sugar inquiry: Fix the illness not the symptoms

The sugar inquiry report did not focus on the structural problems creating the 'economic rents'. Rather the energies are expended on chasing the rentiers. And the media eyes are on personalities. The study dealt with the tactical issues - nothing on fixin
Published 24 May, 2020 12:01am
The going gets tougher
Opinion

The going gets tougher

As new data comes in, the bitter reality is sinking. The global economic slowdown is expected to be worse than what was earlier expected. There could be further downside risks to global economic growth outlook of minus 3 percent in 2020. No economist in t
Published 17 May, 2020 12:03am
GDP estimates: Between a rock and a hard place
Opinion

GDP estimates: Between a rock and a hard place

Provincial GDP figures for 2019-20 will be announced. The official number is likely to remain in the range of negative 0.6 percent to 0.7 percent. The IMF projection is of negative 1.5 percent, and SBP's latest estimation is similar. This could be the fir
Updated 10 May, 2020 06:00am
Shrinking banking spreads
Opinion

Shrinking banking spreads

It's a known fact that banks in Pakistan are not doing their supposed financial intermediation business of routing savings of large pool to lending businesses and consumers. In the developed world, big corporates and governments do not really rely on bank
Published 03 May, 2020 12:05am
Is the cement 'cartel' back?
Opinion

Is the cement 'cartel' back?

It is widely argued that historically cement cartel existed in Pakistan. It appears that the 'cartel' is back. Last week, reportedly, there was a meeting of cement companies to jack up prices in North. Some say that how can a cartel persist with around tw
Published 25 Apr, 2020 09:49pm
Time to negotiate IPP contracts
Opinion

Time to negotiate IPP contracts

The report on Power Sector by M. Ali and team touched the IPPs where it hurts the most. The reaction of Independent Power Producer Association (IPPA) and a letter by the sitting Petroleum Advisor to PM (who is a shareholder in an IPP and ex-chairman IPPA)
Published 19 Apr, 2020 12:00am
SBP stays ahead of the curve
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SBP stays ahead of the curve

The SBP took time to speed up; but did it in style. Pundits were critical of SBP for not being ahead of the curve. The institution waited for the right information to come in. And it took no time to act. Like it was in Jul-19. At that time, SBP increased
Published 17 Apr, 2020 12:00am
Lockdown dilemma
Opinion

Lockdown dilemma

We live in a guess world. It's a health crisis and there is no scientific study to tell when the COVID spread is going to be over. In countries like Pakistan, the situation is even worse where testing is limited and unknown is bigger. Therefore, it is har
Published 12 Apr, 2020 12:00am